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Maui County Alternative Energy Easier to Integrate

The public Utilities Commission has just made alternative energy integration to the main grid easier.
December 16, 2011

Maui County Alternative Energy Easier to Integrate

By Mark Harbison

Efforts toward reducing energy use and developing renewable energy sources are galloping along on Maui, and now, the Public Utilities Commission has made it easier for alternative energy providers to connect to the public utility grid throughout Hawaii.

Being relatively small, isolated land masses, wise energy use is an important component of a healthy economy. For this reason, progress in that area is welcome, provided it is cost effective to everyone involved. According to Doug McLeod, the County Energy Coordinator, solar electricity is "exploding," which is really no surprise. Maui gets plenty of sun. Apparently there are already 10 megawatts installed in Maui County.

Revisions from the PUC include a change to Tariff Rule 14H, which applies to the interconnection of distributed generating facilities capable of feeding power back to the main grid. The purpose of the changes is to make it easier for renewable energy to be provided to the main grid, despite the fact that energy from wind and solar power is nonfirm, meaning it fluctuates depending on the weather. It will be the job of the utilities to keep power stable. The process is a bit complicated, and if you want to research it in more depth, visit www.puc.hawaii.gov, under "Selected Dockets."

As renewable energy relates to you as a consumer, once you've got your solar panels installed on your Maui home, not only can the harvested energy provide for your energy needs, but excess energy can be sold back to Hawaiian Electric Co. If you are in the market and you haven't yet found the right Maui real estate, we'll be happy to assist you. You'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. In the meantime, you might enjoy browsing our South Maui real estate listings. Mahalo!

Blogs for December 2011

Closed Wailea Resort Becomes Unique New Hotel

Posted on December 30, 2011
Closed Wailea Resort Becomes Unique New Hotel

By Mark Harbison

If you're a resident of South Maui and frequent the beaches of Wailea, you may have noticed some construction underway on the grounds of the hotel formerly known as the Renaissance Wailea Beach Resort. The Renaissance was the first hotel opened in… Continue Reading

Holiday Brunch at the Grand Wailea

Posted on December 23, 2011
Holiday Brunch at the Grand Wailea

By Mark Harbison

There are so many wonderful things about owning a South Maui home during the holiday season, and one of them is your proximity to luxurious retreats that others have to fly thousands of miles to reach. Sometimes it's nice to hang up the… Continue Reading

Maui County Alternative Energy Easier to Integrate

Posted on December 16, 2011
Maui County Alternative Energy Easier to Integrate

By Mark Harbison

Efforts toward reducing energy use and developing renewable energy sources are galloping along on Maui, and now, the Public Utilities Commission has made it easier for alternative energy providers to connect to the public utility grid throughout Hawaii.

Being relatively small, isolated land… Continue Reading

Hawaii Federal Affordable Insurance Funding

Posted on December 09, 2011
Hawaii Federal Affordable Insurance Funding

By Mark Harbison

Hawaii is receiving funding from the federal government for an affordable health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act. We are one of thirteen states scheduled to be granted funds for this purpose, and will receive $14.4 million.

What is an affordable health insurance "exchange?"… Continue Reading

South Maui Recycling Program Trial

Posted on December 02, 2011
South Maui Recycling Program Trial

By Mark Harbison

The county is currently in the process of working out a new recycling program. They are hoping to test it in 2,000 South Maui homes, centered primarily in the Maui Meadows community.

Maui already has the recycling centers, and now the Arakawa administration is working… Continue Reading

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